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Regulating the industry is still a practitioner-led call as a solution to help raise standards of service to the public. As anyone can set-up overnight and call themselves a trainer or behaviourist, the industry remains divided and confusing to all searching for advice, whether an owner, learner, or provider. Sadly all continues to be held back by the lack of structure and any required registration through government legislation.

 The RCDTBP is a not-for-profit ‘Community Interest Company’ simply aiming to inclusively unite all practitioners and all related organisations as Signatories to the only single nationally-agreed professional code of practice (CAWC Code 2010).

The RCDTBP works on positivity, founded in 2010 to hold the registers of Signatories to the Code, in moving forward has incorporated a structured profiling system to identify all individuals for what they ‘put in’ to the industry. Together with a public feedback facility on services received, it aims to help ensure every practitioner meets, and continually develops to meet, the professional demands of the industry.

RCDTBP Update November 2023

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Important Downloads

Canine ServicesClick to download Canine Services Document

Individual Signatories

Click to download Individual Signatories Document

Related Organisations

Click to download Related Organisations Document

Code of PracticeClick to download Code of Practice

Policy DocumentClick to download Policy Document

The Registration Council has the responsibility to manage and hold the official register of Signatories to the CAWC Code of Practice

 in regard to dogs. In doing so, it aims to unite all practitioners, service and course providers, related membership organisations

and charities; promote all efforts to advance animal welfare, and increase individual understanding of training, behaviour

and the canine-human relationship, whilst monitoring services to benefit and protect the public.

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Information for Practitioners


The Registration Council aims to develop a comprehensive and united network of practitioners to help ensure dog owners, handlers and enthusiasts receive the most appropriate service for their individual dog training and or behaviour needs.

The Council offers practitioners, students and interested parties the opportunity to:

1. register their personal commitment to the professional standards of service set by the Code, uniting to support voluntary self-regulation of the industry

2. register their Dog Training / Behaviour / Canine Service(s) as appropriate to the search section(s) provided for public and professional referral

3. access unbiased impartial guidance on the standards set by the Code as applied to all aspects of their dog training and or behaviour service

4. access further information on routes to expand knowledge of dogs, training and or behaviour, and or to enhance skills of teaching dogs and people

See below for more information:

Registration Details, Fees, Regulation, Professional Development

Why register?

In this day and age, it is taken for granted that all professionals are appropriately qualified and experienced, shown by the fact that your clients rarely ask. When was the last time you checked whether your doctor, dentist or car mechanic was qualified? Not being asked does not mean you do not need to be qualified … you actually owe it to your clients to show you have sufficient knowledge and skill for the service you are offering. At the very least, you should be bound by a Code of Practice or have some sort of customer charter, preferably through registration with an appropriate governing organisation which can give you guidance, support and help to monitor the standards of service received.

The field of dog training and behaviour advice has been in a transition phase over the last decade or two. Voluntary club services are slowly disappearing with the increase of businesses offering group socialisation or training sessions and or 1:1 personal training and behaviour services, for much higher fees, as people attempt to make a living from it. Virtually everyone now agrees that some form of regulation should be in place, as those who have run a great service for dog owners over the years and have a great deal of experience feel they have earned the right to continue to practice without formal study. The growth in courses and people studying behaviour at higher academic levels, support dividing behaviour modification from training as a separate profession … but the arguments continue.

Dog training clubs traditionally and routinely dealt with not just dog training but most of the problem behaviours too. The service received varied considerably, depending on the personal interests of the instructors, the majority coming from either a competitive, sport or service dog background. Pet / companion dog training services have changed so much over time, moving away from basic obedience to a real life-skills good manners behavioural approach. Advice is now being given to dog owners by many more people - dog carers, walkers, sitters, vet nurses, groomers, kennel, rescue and rehoming staff, even other dog-owners and instant experts. Social media, TV personalities and the array of books all add to the confusion.

The good news is that methods have changed with more emphasis on motivation and rewards as scientific principles have slowly improved our understanding, yet the not-so-good news is that aggression has also increased hugely over that time. Our neighbourhood mongrel, the family dog, born and bred to live in our homes as a sweet, well-mannered, reliable and loyal companion has virtually disappeared, as strays have been removed from our UK streets, and neutering programmes have become the norm. Practitioners have even more to appreciate in their teaching and advising, as the vast majority of dogs we take into our homes have higher drives and harder to satisfy natural instincts, they are ‘breeds’ and ‘crossbreeds’ originally bred and specially developed for more traditional roles eg hunting, herding and guarding.

Dogs live with people and science supports the relationship side of this unique bond, but emphasis through socialisation seems, to the average owner, to be about their dogs ability to relate to and even accept play with every other dog. All practitioners have a huge educational role to put all this into perspective; dog owners need to become ambassadors for and with dogs, to improve respect for, and the role of, dogs in society; all need to play their part in reducing any fear of dogs and anti-dog attitudes within the general public. Animal welfare is paramount and all practitioners should be united in raising standards and strive to network, share knowledge and skill for the greater good.

Voluntary self-regulation

1. It is time for all practitioners to unite by registering on one all-inclusive list, irrespective of their other memberships and affiliations. And alongside the right to practice, all need to be accountable for the service and advice given. Many career groups (eg Vet Nurses) have built their professional status by introducing ‘voluntary self-regulation’ now accepted as the norm.

2. The public must not be subject to misleading advertising and personal claims. A system must be put in place to identify levels of practitioner experience, skill and understanding, and a further system to ensure that each practitioner is working within the scope of their personal competence and actually delivering appropriate services.

3. Professional understanding needs to keep up with the times albeit advanced by science or legal ruling. All practitioners should have open access to the latest information.

4. Courses and qualifications should be listed for all who wish to gain formal recognition of skill or knowledge; and or who wish to understand the standards set by each.

5. The industry is currently fragmented, argumentative and confusing with many groups being formed over the last two decades. It is time for each to help form a united network, whilst keeping their own unique identity and being promoted for the good work they do.

The RCDTBP is the only truly inclusive organisation to fulfil all the roles above.

Registration of Signatories

The CAWC Code sets out the minimum professional standards for all those providing a dog training and or behaviour service. The RCDTBP aims to give supporting unbiased guidance on all aspects of the Code and professional practice, essential for those giving advice to others. All who sign up to the Code are expected to carry out their work with integrity, accepting their professional responsibilities to the public, clients, colleagues, the industry and the register, whilst prioritising legal and ethical values to animal welfare and client care. The Council inclusively accepts all in good standing be they experienced Practitioners, trainees, assistants and /or students.

Requirements for registering as a Signatory:

NB Fees in stage two:

a. Initial registration fee (valid three years): £50 or £35 if as c) *below

b. Renewal Fees (if continuous and with confirmation of CPD): £25 for a further three years, or £15 if as c) *below

c.*with a Registered Service Provider and or member of an Affiliated Professional Body

All Signatories will be listed individually on the register by name and location. Individuals will be permitted to use the logo alongside the following statement: ‘(full name) is a Registered Signatory to the CAWC Code of Practice’. When used on websites a direct link must be provided to the RCDTBP ‘public information’ page. Please note that neither the logo nor the statement may be used on its own, nor used to imply a ‘qualification’.

Continued Professional Development (CPD)

Continued professional development is a requirement for all professions … and the field of dog training and or behaviour should be no different. Practitioners will be expected to confirm a minimum of 30 hours over three years to renewal as a chronological log of activities. This can include personal study, personal experiences which led to evidenced learning (eg injury, disease, new dog breeds), Internet research, books, courses, talks, seminars etc, or certificates of achievement in advancing personal skills and or knowledge.

Registration of Service Providers giving dog training and behaviour advice, be they Clubs or Businesses, groups or individuals,. Currently no fees apply. Service Providers will be listed on the Service Provider register, provided they:

The ‘RCDTBP Service Provider’ logo may be used on websites alongside the statement ‘(Name of Service) is a Registered Service Provider committed to uphold the standards set by the CAWC Code of Practice’, with a direct link to the ‘Code’ and to the RCDTBP’s ‘public information’ page. Neither the logo nor the statement may be used to imply a ‘qualification’ nor to imply direct service support from the RCDTBP. Information should be provided to clients allowing them the opportunity to give constructive, helpful feedback on the standards of service received.

Course Providers, Membership Bodies, Related Organisations & Charities.

No fees apply. The RCDTBP is not a threat to any other organisation, it just aims to bring everyone together, to respectfully list all for the good work they do whilst appreciating each for their differences. As such, the RCDTBP offers ‘Affiliation’ to all confirming support for the nationally agreed minimum professional standards set by the Code, and it is hoped that all will encourage their practitioners, tutors, members and students to individually register with the RCDTBP as a Signatory.

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